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Derry Public Library

The Derry Public Library first opened in 1905 in the Adams Memorial Building when a local benefactor, Rosecrans Pillsbury, gave $1,000 to the town.This library would be the first available library for the shoe factory workers in West Derry. The first librarian was Reverend William Gaskin, followed just six months later by his daughter, Elsie Gaskin, who held the position for 30+ years. In 1927, Henry F. MacGregor left stipulations in his will for his wife to buy land in his hometown of Derry to ...



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In a high profile case surrounding the murder of her husband, Greggory Smart, Pamela Smart was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, witness tampering and an accomplice to first degree murder. She was born in Windham, New Hampshire on 16 August 1967.   The murder happened in Derry, New Hampshire on 1 May 1990. This lateral file consists of newspaper clippings from the Derry News, Union Leader, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, New York Times, Eagle Tribune, Union Leader and People Weekly....
Topics: Pamela Smart, Greggory Smart, Murder, Derry News, Boston Globe, Union Leader, Boston Herald, New...
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In a high profile case surrounding the murder of her husband, Greggory Smart, Pamela Smart was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, witness tampering and an accomplice to first degree murder. She was born in Windham, New Hampshire on 16 August 1967 and the murder happened in Derry, New Hampshire on 1 May 1990.   This lateral file consists of newspaper clippings from the Union Leader from 1997-1998. It reflects local coverage, primarily, on the appeal hearing and Pamela Smart's life in...
Topics: Pamela Smart, Pam Smart, Greggory Smart, Billy Flynn, Murder, Crime, True Crime, Prison Life,...
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by Derry News, Union Leader
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In a high profile case surrounding the murder of her husband, Greggory Smart, Pamela Smart was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, witness tampering and an accomplice to first degree murder. She was born in Windham, New Hampshire on 16 August 1967 and the murder happened in Derry, New Hampshire on 1 May 1990.   This lateral file consists of newspaper clippings from the Derry News and Union Leader from 2004 and 2015. It reflects local coverage, primarily, on the parole of Billy Flynn and...
Topics: Pamela Smart, Pam Smart, Greggory Smart, Billy Flynn, Bill Flynn, Murder, Crime, True Crime, Prison...
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This collection, from the early to mid-twentieth century, depicts people (and horses) of Derry, New Hampshire. It includes Benjamin Chase's grandchild, Bill's N.H. Corn Huskers, Tom Hoesenegtor, men from St. Mark's Lodge, and Governor Floyd. Horses identified in the collection are Rachel B. Pacer and Jenney Bird. The physical copy of this item is held in the New Hampshire Room of the Derry Public Library. Provenance: Derry Museum of History
Topics: People, Horses, Benjamin Chase, Bill's N.H. Corn Huskers, Tom Hoesenegtor, St. Mark's Lodge,...
Derry Public Library
by Jesse G. MacMurphy
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Personal writings of the Reverend Jesse G. MacMurphy who was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1845 and died in Derry, New Hampshire in 1938. He was a retired Eipscopalean priest at the time these diaries were written. Writings chronicle his daily activities around town from 1902-1918 in a total of 14 volumes. Originally published by Magnet Printing Company in Derry.
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This collection of historic postcards features many Derry homes from the late 19th and 20th century. Historic homes include that of Ralph Angell, George Clark, Matthew Thornton, Ocean Born Mary, Wallace P. Mack, C.S. Emerson, L.H. Pillsbury, George W. Barker and many more. The physical copy of this item is held in the New Hampshire Room of the Derry Public Library. Provenance: Derry Museum of History
Topics: Derry Historic Homes, Historic Houses, Ocean Born Mary, Matthew Thornton, Ralph Angell,...
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This small collection of postcards depicts areas of New Hampshire outside of Derry, including the Candia and Deerfield Depot, Old Stage Coach in Antrim, View at Big Island Pond in Westville, View of Island Pond in Hampstead, Glenbrook Locomotive, and a photo of a homestead taken by a photographer in Littleton. Provenance: Derry Museum of History
Topics: Candia, Deerfield, Antrim, Big Island pond, Glenbrook Locomotive, Littleton, Historic Postcards,...
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This collection of Derry postcards shows trains and the Derry Depot from the early 20th century. The physical copy of this item is held in the New Hampshire Room of the Derry Public Library. Provenance: Derry Museum of History.
Topics: Trains, Derry Depot, Railroad, Railway, Historic Postcards, Derry Historic Postcards, Vintage...
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This collection of Derry, New Hampshire historic postcards depicts a variety of Derry celebrations including the 1915 Old Home Day, the 200th Anniversary Celebration, the 1920s Winter Carnivals, Winter Carnival Queens: Beryl Woods and Blanche Michaud, ski-jumpers, skaters and more. The physical copy of this item is held in the New Hampshire Room of the Derry Public Library. Provenance: Derry Museum of History
Topics: Derry Old Home Day, Derry Memorial Day, Derry Celebrations, Derry Winter Carnival Derry Winter...
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by Derry News, Boston Globe, Union Leader
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In a high profile case surrounding the murder of her husband, Greggory Smart, Pamela Smart was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, witness tampering and an accomplice to first degree murder. She was born in Windham, New Hampshire on 16 August 1967 and the murder happened in Derry, New Hampshire on 1 May 1990. This lateral file consists of newspaper clippings from the Derry News, Boston Globe and Union Leader from 1995-1996. It reflects local coverage, primarily, on Pamela Smart’s life...
Topics: Pamela Smart, Pam Smart, Greggory Smart, Billy Flynn, Murder, Crime, True Crime, Prison Life,...
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This collection of historic postcards features many Derry churches, including, The First Baptist Church, The First Parish Church, The Central Congregational Church, The Episcopal Church, The St. Thomas Aquinas Church, The Methodist Church and the MacGregor Memorial Chapel. It also features the Civil War Soldier's Monument outside of the East Derry/First Parish Church. The physical copy of this item is held in the New Hampshire Room of the Derry Public Library. Provenance: Derry Museum of...
Topics: Churches, Derry Churches, First Baptist Church, First Parish Church, East Derry Church, Central...
Derry Public Library
by Derrys News, Boston Globe, Union Leader
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In a high profile case surrounding the murder of her husband, Greggory Smart, Pamela Smart was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, witness tampering and an accomplice to first degree murder. She was born in Windham, New Hampshire on 16 August 1967 and the murder happened in Derry, New Hampshire on 1 May 1990.   This lateral file consists of newspaper clippings from the Derry News, Boston Globe and Union Leader from January 1992-December 1993. It reflects local coverage, primarily, of the...
Topics: Pamela Smart, Pam Smart, Greggory Smart, Billy Flynn, Murder, Crime, True Crime, Appeal, Supreme...
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This collection of historic postcards shows streets, parks and roadways of Derry, New Hampshire from the late 19th century to mid twentieth century. Streets and sites include East Broadway, West Broadway, Pine's Park, the Old Turnpike, Main Street, Old Chester Road, Derry Village, Derry Depot/Depot Square, Birch Street, Whitney Block, MacGregor Park and more. Provenance: Derry Museum of History
Topics: Derry Streets, Derry Roads, Derry Parks, East Broadway, West Broadway, Pine's Park, Old Turnpike,...
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by WCCM Radio; WCCM Lawrence
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Audio recording produced and narrated by Jim Bartlett, News Director WCCM Radio Lawrence, MA. Based on a talk given by Alan Shepard in Bedford, NH. From Space Exploration Collection in the New Hampshire Room. 1971 Physical Copy of recording held at Derry Public Library in the Space Exploration Collection of the New Hampshire Room. 
Topics: Alan Shepard, WCCM Radio, Space Flight, Astronaut, Jim Barlett, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Derry, New...
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by Jesse G. MacMurphy
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Personal writings of the Reverend Jesse G. MacMurphy who was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1845 and died in Derry, New Hampshire in 1938. He was a retired Eipscopalean priest at the time these diaries were written. Writings chronicle his daily activities around town from 1902-1918 in a total of 14 volumes. Originally published by Magnet Printing Company in Derry.
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by Jesse G. MacMurphy
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Personal writings of the Reverend Jesse G. MacMurphy who was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1845 and died in Derry, New Hampshire in 1938. He was a retired Eipscopalean priest at the time these diaries were written. Writings chronicle his daily activities around town from 1902-1918 in a total of 14 volumes. Originally published by Magnet Printing Company in Derry.
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Derry, New Hampshire Greeting Cards, primarily from the early to mid-twentieth century. The physical copy of this item is held in the New Hampshire Room of the Derry Public Library. Provenance: Derry Museum of History
Topics: Derry Greeting Cards, Greeting Cards, Twentieth Century Greeting Cards, Historic Postcards, Derry...
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by Jesse G. MacMurphy
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Personal writings of the Reverend Jesse G. MacMurphy who was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1845 and died in Derry, New Hampshire in 1938. He was a retired Eipscopalean priest at the time these diaries were written. Writings chronicle his daily activities around town from 1902-1918 in a total of 14 volumes. Originally published by Magnet Printing Company in Derry.
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by Jesse G. MacMurphy
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Personal writings of the Reverend Jesse G. MacMurphy who was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1845 and died in Derry, New Hampshire in 1938. He was a retired Eipscopalean priest at the time these diaries were written. Writings chronicle his daily activities around town from 1902-1918 in a total of 14 volumes. Originally published by Magnet Printing Company in Derry.
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by Jesse G. MacMurphy
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Personal writings of the Reverend Jesse G. MacMurphy who was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1845 and died in Derry, New Hampshire in 1938. He was a retired Eipscopalean priest at the time these diaries were written. Writings chronicle his daily activities around town from 1902-1918 in a total of 14 volumes. Originally published by Magnet Printing Company in Derry.
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by Jesse G. MacMurphy
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Personal writings of the Reverend Jesse G. MacMurphy who was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1845 and died in Derry, New Hampshire in 1938. He was a retired Eipscopalean priest at the time these diaries were written. Writings chronicle his daily activities around town from 1902-1918 in a total of 14 volumes. Originally published by Magnet Printing Company in Derry.
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This miscellaneous collection of historic postcards depicts images of Lover's Leap, Beaver Brook, Lane Pond, an unspecified camp, Clements Pond and Hood Park. The images are primarily from the early to mid twentieth century. Provenance: Derry Museum of History
Topics: Lover's Leap, Beaver Brook, Lane Pond, Clement's Pond, Hood Park, Historic Postcards, Derry...
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This collection of historic postcards shows images of Island Pond, in Derry, New Hampshire. Images depict Chase's Grove, Bridge at Governor's Island, Long Shore, Bartell's Point, Dixon's Grove, Hoepfner's Island, The Dam, The Elm's, Sweeney's Point, Store and Dance Hall, Bright Star, Morrison's Camp, Conley's Grove, Island Pond Farm, and more. Images appear to be from the early to mid twentieth century. Provenance: Derry Museum of History
Topics: Island Pond, Chase's Grove, Bartell's Point, Long Shore, Dixon's Grove, Hoepfner's Island, The Dam,...
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This is a vision for the Derry Public Schools from 1991, presented by David M. Brown, Superintendent of Schools [and] Richard G. Willets, Chairman, Derry School Board. They discuss the traditional vs. year round school calendar. The physical copy of this work is held in the New Hampshire Room of the Derry Public Library.
Topics: Derry Learning Community, Derry School District, Derry Public Library, Derry, New Hampshire, New...
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by The Derry News
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Pamela Smart was convicted of Conspiracy to commit murder, witness tampering and an accomplice to first degree murder. She was born in Windham, New Hammpshire and the murder happened in Derry, NH. This lateral file consists of newspaper clippings from the Derry News from May 1990-December 1990. It is a look at the local coverage at the very beginning of the investigation.  The physical copy of this lateral file is held in the New Hampshire Room at the Derry Public Library.
Topics: Pamela Smart, Greggory Smart, Murder
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by Jesse G. MacMurphy
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Personal writings of the Reverend Jesse G. MacMurphy who was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1845 and died in Derry, New Hampshire in 1938. He was a retired Eipscopalean priest at the time these diaries were written. Writings chronicle his daily activities around town from 1902-1918 in a total of 14 volumes. Originally published by Magnet Printing Company in Derry.
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by Derry Community Television
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Cheryl Lynch (Library Director) and Jack Robillard (Assistant Director) discuss upcoming projects for the library in preparation for the Centennial Anniversary. Projects include repair of the MacGregor window, an operational fireplace and more shelving in the New Hampshire room. They discuss the importance of Derry history and the New Hampshire room as a gift to the people of Derry. They also discuss a big birthday party celebration for the library and a history walk from the Adams building to...
Topics: Derry Public Library Centennial Celebration, Library Promo, Cheryl Lynch, Jack Robillard,...
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by Jesse G. MacMurphy
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Personal writings of the Reverend Jesse G. MacMurphy who was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1845 and died in Derry, New Hampshire in 1938. He was a retired Eipscopalean priest at the time these diaries were written. Writings chronicle his daily activities around town from 1902-1918 in a total of 14 volumes. Originally published by Magnet Printing Company in Derry.
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by Jesse G. MacMurphy
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Personal writings of the Reverend Jesse G. MacMurphy who was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1845 and died in Derry, New Hampshire in 1938. He was a retired Eipscopalean priest at the time these diaries were written. Writings chronicle his daily activities around town from 1902-1918 in a total of 14 volumes. Originally published by Magnet Printing Company in Derry.
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by Jesse G. MacMurphy
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Personal writings of the Reverend Jesse G. MacMurphy who was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1845 and died in Derry, New Hampshire in 1938. He was a retired Eipscopalean priest at the time these diaries were written. Writings chronicle his daily activities around town from 1902-1918 in a total of 14 volumes. Originally published by Magnet Printing Company in Derry.
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by Jesse G. MacMurphy
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Personal writings of the Reverend Jesse G. MacMurphy who was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1845 and died in Derry, New Hampshire in 1938. He was a retired Eipscopalean priest at the time these diaries were written. Writings chronicle his daily activities around town from 1902-1918 in a total of 14 volumes. Originally published by Magnet Printing Company in Derry.
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by Audio Forum/Jeffrey Norton Publishers
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Internationally beloved poet, Robert Frost, reads and discusses his poems and his special view of the world. Audio Forum Sound Seminars. Jeffrey Norton Publishers Tape Library. Recorded at Berkeley, California, 1956 Physical Copy held at Derry Public Library in the Derry Collection. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress Robert Frost, 1959 taken by Walter Albertin
Topics: Robert Frost, Poetry, Berkeley, Derry, New Hampshire, Derry Public Library, New Hampshire Room
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by Derry Development and Preservation Corporation
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A video about the Derry economy by the Derry Development and Preservation Corporation made in 1997. Poor sound quality on the original. The physical copy of this work is held in the New Hampshire Room of the Derry Public Library.
Topics: Derry Economy, Derry Development and Preservation Corporation, Derry Public Library, Derry, New...
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by Derry Public Library
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Scrapbook of newspaper clippings featuring coverage of library happenings from 1943-1969. Includes flower shows, exhibits, library materials, librarians, displays and more. The physical copy of this item is in the New Hampshire Room at the Derry Public Library.
Topics: Derry Public Library Scrapbook, Library History, Derry Public Library, Derry, New Hampshire, New...
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In October of 1990, the Derry Public Library held an open house to celebrate the new library addition. This celebration included a ribbon cutting, bagpipers, and a speeches telling the history of Derry and the library. The physical copy of this work is held in the New Hampshire Room of the Derry Public Library.
Topics: Open House, Library Expansion, Henry F. MacGregor, Derry Public Library, Derry, New Hampshire, New...
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This collection of postcards depicts images of Beaver Lake in Derry, New Hampshire, the Beaver Lake Pavilion, Elephant Head, Comeau's, Tsieneto Boat Club, Ice Skating and more. Images seem to range from the early to mid-twentieth century.  Provenance: Derry Museum of History
Topics: Beaver Lake, Tsieneto Boat Club, Beaver Lake Pavilion, Elephant Head, Comeau's, Ice Skating,...
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This collection of historic postcards depicts images of Horne's Pond in West Derry, New Hampshire. Images are primarily from the early twentieth century. Provenance: Derry Museum of History
Topics: Horne's Pond, Derry Depot, West Derry, Trains, Historic Postcards, Derry Historic Postcards,...
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by Jesse G. MacMurphy
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Personal writings of the Reverend Jesse G. MacMurphy who was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1845 and died in Derry, New Hampshire in 1938. He was a retired Eipscopalean priest at the time these diaries were written. Writings chronicle his daily activities around town from 1902-1918 in a total of 14 volumes. Originally published by Magnet Printing Company in Derry.
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by Various
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This collection of Derry, New Hampshire historic postcards depicts a variety of schools in the area. The date range on the postcards appear to be from approximately 1900-1970s. Schools include Adams School, Adams Female Academy, East Side School, Floyd School, the Grammar School, Grinnell School, Hood Middle School, Oak Street School, Derry Village School, West Side School, and Pinkerton Academy. School children are also depicted. Provenance: Derry Museum of History
Topics: Derry Schools, Pinkerton Academy, Adams Female Academy, Derry School District, Historic Postcards,...
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by Jesse G. MacMurphy
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Personal writings of the Reverend Jesse G. MacMurphy who was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1845 and died in Derry, New Hampshire in 1938. He was a retired Eipscopalean priest at the time these diaries were written. Writings chronicle his daily activities around town from 1902-1918 in a total of 14 volumes. Originally published by Magnet Printing Company in Derry.